In 2018, Seattle saw a record 40.9 million visitors; people who came for the city’s scenic views, famous tourist spots, and great hotel accommodations. Tourism officials associate the tourism growth to the opening of new hotels in the downtown area — a rise of 19 percent in hotel inventory, which is the highest increase in the city since 1982.
This list features the best hotel and hospitality contractors in Seattle — firms that have built some of the city’s newest and most iconic hotel projects. These builders have been chosen and ranked according to the number and quality of projects they have built in the city, their awards, their industry affiliations, their notable clientele, and their years in business.
Website | 425-284-4000 | 8343 154th Ave. NE, Suite #210, Redmond, WA 98052
Founded in 1981, Deacon is one of the most reputable general contractors serving the Seattle area. The firm provides general construction, remodeling, tenant improvement, and design-build services, as well as repair and restoration work for Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Pleasanton, and Irvine clients. The firm was founded by Steve Deacon along with Bob Hall, Bob Olsen, and Jim Reilly. Initially, the firm focused on constructing retail projects, and as the firm continued to grow, it started handling most types of commercial and multifamily projects. Today, the firm ranks as the largest retail contractor on the West Coast, and the fifth largest in the country.
Throughout its years of being in the business, the firm has built strong relationships with its clients and has put together an impressive portfolio of projects in various market sectors. In Downtown Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, Deacon constructed the eight-story Moxy Hotel, one of Marriott International’s new hotel brands for millennial travelers. The hotel features 146 high-technology rooms with keyless entry, a restaurant and bar, a fitness center, and a meeting event space.
5) JTM Construction
Website | 206-587-4000 | 800 Maynard Ave. South, #101, Seattle, WA 98134
With a vision of being positively engaged in building communities, workplaces, and infrastructure systems in the Pacific Northwest area, JTM Construction has earned the praise of clients for its expertise in multiple market sectors. Founded in 2004, the firm specializes in constructing class A office buildings, art centers, medical facilities, hotels, retail centers, parking structures, and warehouse buildings. Founding partners John Hayduk, Tom Titus, and Martin O’Leary established the firm to meet the demands of an ever-changing construction world. A member of the United States Green Building Council, the firm has been dedicated to green building practices since its founding.
Among its notable hospitality projects is the Kimpton Palladian Hotel. The project involved the conversion of one of Seattle’s low-income housing buildings into a four-star, 97-room boutique hotel and restaurant. The nine-story structure, originally built in 1910, received a complete seismic upgrade and updated mechanical and electrical systems. To ensure that the hotel’s interior complemented the historic exterior of the hotel, the project also consisted of reusing existing stone, masonry, and woodwork.
Website | 206-682-7770 | 227 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109
In business since 1944, Sellen has been among Seattle’s leading commercial general contractors. Today, the firm is one of the area’s largest builders, and has worked with many significant clients and organizations over the years. Founded by John Sellen, the firm’s first bid was to the U.S. Navy for the construction of a recreation building on Bainbridge Island. After winning that bid, the firm won a second bid for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Over the past decades, the firm’s expertise has expanded, but its philosophy of making a positive impact by bringing success has remained the same.
In a joint venture with the developer R.C. Hedreen and LMN Architects, Sellen constructed Seattle’s largest hotel. The 45-story Hyatt Regency Seattle features 1,260 rooms, six-level underground parking, two 20,000-square-foot ballrooms, meeting space, and retail spaces. The project also consisted of sustainability features such as green laundering technology and energy-saving features. Completed in 2018, the firm is pursuing LEED Gold certification.
3) Venture General Contracting LLC
Website | 206-582-4500 | 1518 1st Ave., Suite #400, Seattle, WA 98134
From commercial spaces and multifamily complexes and new construction projects, Venture General Contracting has the experience to deliver high-quality projects. The firm takes pride in the relationships it has built with its clients throughout the years, due to the firm’s collaborative approach in construction. The firm was founded by Matt Parent and is managed by Parent along with Jack Beaudoin, both industry veterans with more than five decades of experience in construction and real estate markets in the Seattle area. As a full-service general contractor, the firm has completed projects in the commercial, multifamily residential, and hospitality sectors, specializing in historic renovations and tenant improvements.
One of Venture’s recent hotel projects is the SeaTac Hyatt. To be completed in 2020, the project will feature an eight-story, 376-room hotel consisting of two towers and two levels of below-grade parking. One tower will be used as the Hyatt House extended stay rooms with cooking amenities, and the other tower for the standard Hyatt Place hotel rooms.
Website | 425-895-9000 | 10230 NE Points Dr., Suite #300, Kirkland, WA 98033
Mortenson Construction started in 1954 as a family-owned construction firm that provided planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and turn-key development services. The firm has offices in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Seattle, and has constructed projects in the aviation, corporate, cultural, federal government, healthcare, education, hospitality, sports and entertainment, and transportation sectors. Throughout the years, the firm has been regularly recognized by various organizations and publications such as the Milwaukee Business Journal, the Engineering News-Record (ENR), the Association of General Contractors, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Design-Build Institute of America, among many others. Additionally, the company has received multiple awards not only for its projects but also for its outstanding team.
Among the firm’s notable hospitality projects is the Residence Inn by Marriott in Downtown Seattle. The 15-story, 302-room project features three levels of below-grade parking, a fitness center, a business center, and a 7,000-square-foot conference center.
1) Turner Construction
Website | 202-635-0255 | 2220 25th Pl. NE, Washington, DC 20018
Turner Construction is one of the leading builders in multiple market sectors nationally and internationally. Since 1902, the company has constructed numerous aviation and transportation facilities, commercial, cultural, and entertainment buildings, data centers, education campuses, healthcare institutions, industrial properties, religious buildings, hotels, and restaurants, garnering numerous national industry awards. In 2016, Turner ranked as the #1 Green Builder in the Country and the #1 General Contractor in the U.S. by ENR, and was recognized as a top builder in the healthcare, university, hotel, office, and green building sectors in Building Design + Construction’s 2016 Giants 300 Report.
In downtown Seattle, Turner constructed the 12-story, 260,000-square-foot mixed-use development which consists of the Thompson Hotel, Sequel Apartments, retail spaces, and three-level below-grade parking. Thompson Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel which features 158 contemporary rooms, a Huxley Wallace restaurant and rooftop bar, and high-quality amenities.